Prismatic Perception/Learner’s Journey Development
1999 – 2010
Carol Panaccione, Susan Apshaga, Debra Lilli (P.A.L Concepts)
- October 16, 2010 - Celebration to commemorate the first harvest of The Learner's Journey
- June 12, 2010 - Groundbreaking Ceremony of Learner's Journey Community Garden: Where
Pride and Dignity Grow
- April 14, 2010 - Learner's Journey Community Garden Kick-Off Celebration: CCRI, Newport
- March, 2010 - Unanimous approval by Newport School Committee to create the Learner's
Journey Community Garden across from Sullivan School on Dexter Street.
- January, 2010 – Drafting of letter of proposal to Superintendent John H. Ambrogi,
Newport Public Schools, by Professors Apshaga, Lilli, and Panaccione
- December 17, 2009 – Follow-up Meeting #3 with Mayor Napolitano, Mr. Ted Clement, Ms.
Jennifer Quigley-Harris and Core Team with regard to securing a viable site for the
Learner’s Journey Community Garden
- December 9, 2009 – Learner’s Journey Student Debate – Warwick Campus
Invited guest: Ms. Jennifer Jordan, Providence Journal
- October 22, 2009 – Follow-up Meeting #2 with Mayor Napolitano, Mr. Ted Clement, Ms.
Ann Twomey and Core Team
- September 25, 2009 – Follow-up Meeting #1 with Mayor Napolitano, Mr. Ted Clement,
and Core Team with regard to securing a site for the Learner’s Journey Community Garden.
- September 9, 2009 – Team-taught Learner’s Journey Course - Knight Campus
- August 5, 2009 – Luncheon with Mayor Napolitano, President DiPasquale, Vice President
Morgan, Representative of Senator Paiva-Weed, Mr. Ted Clement, Mr. Jack Reed, Dean
Robin Smith, Ms. Honore Ford, Professor Petro, Professor Vigneault, Ms. Nikki Vazquez,
Ms. Julie Novak, Mr. Richard Coren. Presentation by Professors Apshaga, Lilli, Panaccione
and Ms. Kaitlynne Ward of Learner’s Journey Community Garden Concept.
- August 3, 2009 – Strategic Meeting #8 – Last meeting of Core Team before luncheon
to introduce Learner’s Journey Community Garden Concept
- July 28, 2009 – Strategic Meeting #7 - Learner’s Journey Garden Agenda Meeting with
- July 10, 2009 – Strategic Meeting #6 - Letters to potential stakeholders sent out
- June 5, 2009 – Strategic Meeting #5 - Drafted letter to invite potential stakeholders
- May 26, 2009 – Strategic Meeting #4 - Meeting with President DiPasquale and Vice President
Morgan with regard to our vision of The Learner’s Journey Community Garden – Where
Pride and Dignity Grow.
- May 22, 2009 – Strategic Meeting #3 – Learner’s Journey Community Garden
- May 18, 2009 – Strategic Meeting #2 – Learner’s Journey Community Garden
- May 8, 2009 – Strategic Meeting #1 – Planning for The Learner’s Journey Community
Garden – Where Pride and Dignity Grow.
- March, 2009 – Receipt of $10,000 for The Learner’s Journey Community Garden: Where
Pride and Dignity Grow at the Newport Campus
- January, 2009 – Ten-year anniversary of inception of Learner’s Journey Concept
- December, 2008 – Contacted advisors with regard to four Learner’s Journey course offerings
in spring 2009
- November, 2008 – New fliers distributed with regard to four sections of Learner’s
Journey course in fall 2009
- December 11, 2008 – College-wide Learner’s Journey Forum for Awareness, Newport Campus
- December 10, 2008 – College-wide Learner’s Journey Forum for Awareness
- October – December 2008 – Continuation of faculty mentorship
- October – December 2008 – Development of student internship program fro students who
seek experience in a student-centered, active learning environment
- September 2008 – First offering of Learner’s Journey Course – Liston Campus
- September 2008 – Learner’s Journey Course – Knight Campus
Course achieved maximum enrollment.
- June – August 2008 – New fliers made and distributed for new Fall 2008 Learner’s Journey
- May 16, 2008 – Faculty Technology Showcase: Learner’s Journey - Connecting Author
and Students across Continents
Presenters: Karen Anderson, English and Carol Panaccione, Foreign Languages & Cultures
- May 2008 – Approval of Learner’s Journey course as a 3-elective transferable course
to University of Rhode Island
- April 8, 2008 – Meeting with Amy Gerhard, MET School, Providence
- April 8, 2008 – Meeting with Advisors & Counselors, Providence Campus
- April 1, 2008 – Meeting with Advisors & Counselors, Warwick Campus
- March 26, 2008 – The Learner’s Journey “Student Forum for Awareness,” CCRI, Warwick
- March 3, 2008 – Denver, Colorado P.A.L Concepts created
- March 2-4, 2008 - Presented "The Learner's Journey: A Critical Thinking
Retention Model at the League for Innovation in the Community College, Denver Colorado
- January 9, 2008 – Meeting with Dr. Phyllis Harnick to discuss The Learner’s Journey
Course as a transfer course with RIC and URI
- January, 2008 – First student-internship for Learner’s Journey course
- December 26, 2007 – Official Description of The Learner’s Journey course submitted
for CCRI catalogue:
- o LIBA 1000 – The Learner’s Journey: Critical Thinking & Learning Strategies for College
Studies – 3 credits
o This fully transferable, seminar-style course has been designed to help students
maximize their effectiveness in the classroom, and, in turn, enhance their entire
college experience. In The Learner’s Journey, students develop their critical thinking,
reading, and writing skills; acquire valuable strategies for analyzing course content
and for expressing themselves more confidently and effectively; improve their writing,
presentation, collaboration, and research skills; and learn to make connections between
courses in different disciplines. Through readings, discussions, and active participation,
students take ownership of their education and find their voices as learners in a
higher education environment. (Note: To be eligible for this course, students must
have already taken ENGL 1005 or 0890, or be concurrently enrolled in either of these
courses. Or an eligible student may have placed directly into ENGL 1010 as a result
of the English Placement Test.)
December 17, 2007 – Forum for Iranian Culture, Newport Campus
- “Lipstick Jihad” author Azadeh Moaveni discussed her book via Webcast from London,
- December 5, 2007 – College-Wide Forum: The Gathering, Warwick Campus
- October 19 & 20, 2007 - TYCA Northeast Conference in Philadelphia
Our session, entitled "The Learner's Journey: A Critical Thinking
Retention Model," will be an informative, interactive presentation
offering a proven active-learning model for those educators interested
in effecting a more successful high school-to-college transition for
their students, thereby increasing first-year retention. Showcasing
the successful team-taught, humanities-based, critical-thinking course
currently being offered at CCRI, this session will afford participants
collaborative activities to create their own course.
- September, 2007 – Two additional courses of Learner’s Journey offered at the Warwick
& Newport Campuses
August 8, 2007 – Fourth meeting with mentees
June 12, 2007 – RIDE approval of Learner’s Journey Workshop for CEUs
New CCRI Summer Professional Development Opportunity for Teachers entitled The Learner's
Journey: A Critical Thinking and Learning Strategy Approach for Teachers that will
be offered for the first time this summer at the Warwick Campus for 3 CEUs from July
9-13 & July 16-19.
- June 4, 2007 – Third 3-hour workshop to train mentees for The Learner’s Journey course
in fall 2007 and spring 2008
May 1, 2007 - Second 2-hour workshop to train mentees for The Learner’s Journey course
in fall 2007 and spring 2008
April 25, 2007 – Curriculum meeting and course approval: Liberal Arts 1000
April 10, 2007 – First 2-hour workshop to train mentees for The Learner’s Journey
course in fall 2007 and spring 2008
April 11, 2007 – Meeting with Dr. Jack Warner with regard to Learner’s Journey Course
March, 2007 - New Course Proposal: Liberal Arts 8020: The Learner’s Journey: Critical
Thinking and Learning Strategies for College Studies
March 21, 2007 - All-College Professional Development Day
The Learner’s Journey: Critical Thinking and Learning Strategies for College
This workshop presented the student-centered, critical thinking model developed over
the course of seven years.
February 2007 – Applied for $5000.00 Student Achievement Grant
Monies to be distributed to students interested in enrolling in the Learner’s Journey.
December 2006 – Publication of Volume #1 of The Learner’s Journey Newsletter
Fall 2006 – Team-taught the Pilot Course: The Learner’s Journey
August 18, 2006 – Meeting with President DiPasquale, Vice President Morgan, Dr. Jack
Warner and Dr. Carriuolo
August, 2006 – Quantitative Study Completed: Student-Centered Teaching and its Impact
on Students’ Self-Concept as Learners
June 2, 2006 – Presentation of Prismatic Perception Project to President DiPasquale,
Vice President Morgan and CCRI Advisors & Counselors.
Summer 2006 – Quantitative study, entitled “Student-Centered Teaching and its Impact
on Students’ Self-Concept as Learners,” written based on the Prismatic Perception
2005 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence
The Prismatic Perception team was invited to Austin, Texas by the National Institute
for Staff and Organizational Development to present at the 2005 International Conference
on Teaching and Leadership Excellence on May 30, 2005. (Insufficient travel funds
have impeded our travel to present at this conference.)
In March 2005, the Prismatic Perception core team presented a workshop entitled “Creating
Contexts for Active Learning: A Technology-Enhanced Interdisciplinary Paradigm” at
the 2005 League for Innovation in the Community College Conference in New York City.
January 2005 – Second Award of the Mr. Frank Ernest Coleman Scholarship
This scholarship in the amount of $1000.00 was donated by friends of mine who very
much support the concept of Prismatic Perception.
In June 2004, as a result of the Stakeholder Learning Collaborative, the Prismatic
Team was asked to serve in the capacity of consultants at Hope High School in order
to devise strategies for the teachers to assist in the development of an Arts Small
On April 28, 2004, the Prismatic Perception core team presented a workshop at the
CCRI Warwick Campus entitled Learning Community Workshop: Curriculum Integration at
the Rhode Island Stakeholder Learning Collaborative, which has as its aim to create
learning communities connecting Hope High School, CCRI, and URI.
In February 2004, the Prismatic Perception core team was invited to present two workshops,
entitled “Creating a Technology-Enhanced, Interdisciplinary Humanities Paradigm” and
“Prismatic Perception: A Hybrid for Humanities and Technology” at the 2004 League
for Innovation in the Community College Conference in California. (Insufficient travel
funds impeded our travel to this conference.)
In January 2004, the Prismatic Perception core team awarded the Mr. Frank Ernest Coleman
Scholarship to our outstanding student, Susana Figueiredo.
March, 2003 - “Man and the Machine” course concept received Outstanding Program in
English Award for Two-Year Colleges and Teachers from TYCA of NCTE (National Council
for Teachers of English).
March 2003 - Professional Development Award from the CCRI Foundation to support a
case study based on "Man and the Machine."
December 2003/January 2004 - Establishment of the Mr. Frank Ernest Coleman Scholarship
April 18, 2002 - Prismatic Teaching and Learning: Creating a Team-taught, Interdisciplinary,
Professional Development Workshop – CCRI, Knight Campus
The core team of the Prismatic Perception project held a three-hour faculty development
workshop for those interested in creating a student-centered learning environment.
- January 18, 2002 - Using Technology in Teaching Conference: Ideas that Work
URI Bay Campus
- The Prismatic Perception core team was selected to present a workshop entitled, “Man
and the Machine: Creating a Technology-Enhanced, Interdisciplinary Humanities Paradigm
at CCRI”. We presented to members of the URI, RIC, and CCRI communities. The session
was of primary interest to those interested in developing a model for learning-community
curricula at their institutions.
November 14-17 2001 - 2001 Conference on Information Technology
- Our presentation, entitled Prismatic Perception: Creating Team-Taught, Interdisciplinary
Technology-Enhanced Courses, focused on our new course "Man and the Machine”, which
was piloted during the Fall 2001 semester. At this conference, our students joined
us live via internet to respond to questions posed by the audience regarding the course.
- October 12, 2001 - Learning Communities at CCRI: First Steps and Future Directions
CCRI Lincoln Campus
Attended this conference on behalf of the Prismatic Perception core team to discuss
our approach to student outcomes in our pilot course “Man and the Machine."
- October 1, 2001 - The College Board and NECC: Best Practices at Associate Degree Granting
Institutions Conference, Crowne Plaza Worcester Hotel, Worcester, Massachusetts
The Prismatic Perception core team presented the concept of our pilot course, "Man
and the Machine”. The session focused on the development of our team-taught humanities
WebCT- enhanced course.
Phase I (December 1999 - December 2000) of the project was supported by the Community
College Humanities Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The
Community College of Rhode Island was 1 of 17 community colleges chosen nationwide
to be awarded a year-long, non-funded, mentor-supported grant during which time we
developed the Prismatic Perception’s pedagogy.
Phase II (July 2000 - June 2001) was funded by the Rhode Island Board of Governors
for Higher Education’s Incentive Fund for Excellence in Technology.) We were awarded
$32,000 to support the goals of our project. The Rhode Island Board of Governors chose
to support our endeavors, for they stated, "this program appears to have the potential
for increasing student interest and performance in the humanities. It also will foster
further collaboration with Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island
by using the Prismatic Perceptions platform."